Md Abdul Quayyum, Media and Communication Coordinator, Oxfam
A three-day camp for South Asia Youth titled ‘‘South Asia Youth Camp on Climate, Agriculture and Water (SAYCAW),” was held at Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB), Noakhali, from 26-28 September, with an aim to support youth movements to ensure rights of smallholders and women producers in South Asia.
Oxfam’s food justice campaign GROW, in association with Participatory Research Action Network –PRAN, Humanity Watch, Online Knowledge Society and Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), organized the camp where 80 participants from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka took part.
The camp kicked off on 26 September featuring tree plantation in Noakhali Zila School by the participants and a large group of students in presence of the Head Teacher of the school and also Anna Wrochna, Regional Policy & Campaign Coordinator, Oxfam.
Later on, the entrant, participated in various events like cultural show, group presentation, debate, drawing and story writing on climate change etc. They also performed a media stunt in front of Noakhali Press Club on 27 September, urging the Global Leaders, meeting at UNGA at the same time, to consider the latest scientific facts released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), while designing the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The innovative demonstration not only drew the attention of media but also allowed the participants to have hands-on experience on campaign.
Dr. Ahsan Uddin Ahmed, an environmental scientist, while addressing the most critical issues of climate change during the session on ‘Regional Synthesis on Climate Change, Agriculture & Water in South Asian Countries’ highlighted the ‘4R’- Reduce, Recycle, Reuse and Respect.
The speakers at the event said that such camp helped the youth to acquaint themselves with climate change, agriculture and food security issue in South Asian context.
Facilitated by Ziaul Hoque Mukta, Asia Regional Policy Coordinator, Oxfam, the camp also allowed the participants, to know from Anna Wrochna who shared the best practices on how to influence policy makers through campaign and advocacy followed by a presentation on Role of Digital Media in campaign and advocacy by Md Abdul Quayyum, Media and Communication Coordinator, Oxfam.
Among others Tapas Ranjan Chakraborty, Campaign Officer, Oxfam, Hasan Mehedi, Chief Executive, Humanitywatch , Nurul Alam Masud, Chief Executive, Participatory Research & Action Network- PRAN also spoke.
While asked about the camp, Rumal Thinushi Siriwardena from Sri Lanka said, “Its a life lesson I will treasure forever.”
With the theme song of the camp “Another Brick In the Wall,” participants in the end pledged to work together to make this world green and livable, a joint declaration regarding the pledge, is going to be released soon after the participants get back and settle down.
SAYCAW in Slideshow: